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So what is the progress on the Millennium Development Goals? MDG Rally Point – Call for Action!
At the United Nations General Assembly in New York 5 young women representing WAGGGS will be speaking up for the importance of accelerating the progress on Millennium Development Goals and sharing girls’ and young women’s priorities for the future global development agenda. You can find out more about the WAGGGS delegates by reading their profiles and follow them by reading their daily updates on the WAGGGS website.
The 68th Session of the United Nations General Assembly (UN GA) kicking off on 17 September represents the start of a key period for the UN Member States and stakeholders to assess the progress on Millennium Development Goals (MDGs). Equally important, it will also lay the roadmap for the next global development framework – dubbed post-2015 development agenda - once MDGs reach their target date in 2015.
“The world’s quest for dignity, peace, prosperity, justice, sustainability and an end to poverty has reached an unprecedented moment of urgency,” Secretary-General Ban-Ki-moon shares in his report, A Life of Dignity for All. .
For more than 8 years, the World Association of Girls Guides and Girl Scouts, it's Member Organizations, girls and young women have supported this global initiative through our Global Action Theme – girls worldwide say “together we can change our world” themed on MDGs, as well as focusing on one MDG for each World Thinking Day. Girls and young women worldwide have been working to help achieve the MDGs through community projects, non-formal education programmes and through campaigning and advocacy work. However, while MDGs are an unprecedented global anti-poverty push in history, which have helped millions of people out of poverty, we need far more progress.
“Too many women still die in childbirth, when we have the means to save them. Too many communities still lack basic sanitation, making unsafe water a deadly threat. In many parts of the world, rich and poor alike, inequalities are growing. Too many are still being left behind.” UN Secretary General Ban Ki- Moon.
It is time for Action!
We have reached the MDGs Rally Point where governments, civil society organizations, individuals, should come together in joint efforts to help achieve the MDGs! On 25 September the UN Member States will come together in New York at the UN Special Event on Accelerating Progress on MDGs. End of 2013 will mark 100 weeks left until the 2015 target date for MDGs. These 100 weeks are critical to step up efforts and accelerate action! While 5 young women will be reaching out to decision-makers at UNGA, you don’t have to be in New York to demonstrate your support!
Together we should Create Buzz to rally support for MDGs and help close this gap, together we should amplify awareness on MDGs, educate, take action and rally our communities. Success in the next 100 weeks will not only help to improve lives for millions, put more girls in school, save children’s and mothers’ lives, ensure safe life start for children, fight diseases, it will add momentum as the world is developing the next set of global goals beyond 2015.
- Rally Girls Guides and Girls Scouts, relatives, friends to create buzz for MDGs by posting messages of support to MDGs in our 100 hours for MDGs social media campaign. The campaign will kick off on 20 September 10:00am GMT and end on 23 September 14:00 GMT..
- Use our policy paper on post-2015 to lobby your governments on what girls want to see in the post-2015 development agenda.
- Read our MDG Rally Point resource to find 100 actions you can take to ensure everyone is still talking about the MDGs!
Stay tuned for more updates!
You can find out more about the Post-2015 agenda and the Post-2015 section on our website.